Future Managers (future + managers)

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Selected Abstracts

Notes from the Field: Gender Issues in the Management Curriculum: A Survey of Student Experiences

Catherine R. Smith
A major Australian report recently criticized the relationship between the gendered culture of management education and business management practices, in an effort to reduce impediments to equal representation of women in management. It recommended a major overhaul of university management education, whereby institutions would review their own role in shaping corporate management cultures and practices, and raise awareness of gender issues in the classroom. This article reports on a subsequent survey that explored postgraduate business students' perceptions of gender issues in the management curriculum, and their effects on learning experiences. It suggests that a masculine ethos is perceptible in management education, which can disadvantage female and male students in different ways. The study suggests that greater awareness of gender issues should be a major consideration for management educators, to enable future managers to recognize and harness gender diversity in the workplace. [source]

The Relationship between Internal Audit and Senior Management: A Qualitative Analysis of Expectations and Perceptions

Gerrit Sarens
This study, based upon Belgian case studies, provides a qualitative assessment of the relationship between internal audit and senior management, analysing the expectations and perceptions of both parties. We found that senior management's expectations have a significant influence on internal audit and that internal audit, generally, is able to meet most of these expectations. Senior management wants internal audit to compensate for the loss of control they experience resulting from increased organisational complexity. Senior management expects internal audit to fulfil a supporting role in the monitoring and improvement of risk management and internal control, and wants them to monitor the corporate culture. Furthermore, they expect internal audit to be a training ground for future managers. On the other hand, internal audit expects senior management to take the first steps in the formalisation of the risk management system. They are looking for senior management support, as this benefits their overall acceptance. [source]

Characteristics of a world-class zoo or aquarium in the 21st century

At the start of the 21st century modern zoos and aquariums are expected to contribute to the survival of the species they display, to educate the public, and to maintain the physical and psychological well-being of the animals in their care. For the future, however, zoos and aquariums will have to be extraordinary in both quality and accomplishments. In this article the characteristics of a world-class zoo or aquarium are described, ranging from organizational structure and philosophy, and staff recruitment and training, to animal care and husbandry, research, conservation, education and exhibit design. The importance of inter-institutional co-operation, technology, government affairs, marketing and development, and public relations are also discussed. In the future managers will have to take a more holistic approach to all these characteristics in order to achieve their core mission without losing sight of the primary objectives of the zoo or aquarium. [source]

Leadership styles among nurse managers in changing organizations

M. Lindholm RNT
Aim, The intention in this study was to explore the meaning, exposition and application of nurse managers' leadership styles within the organizational culture of a changing healthcare system. Background, Nurse managers are expected to act, under the pressure of a changed and restructured healthcare system, as skilled and competent future managers of people, operations, budgets and information. Knowledge concerning nurse managers' thoughts and ideas is important if their leadership development is to be supported and their management strengthened. Method, Open-ended, tape-recorded interviews were conducted with 15 nurse managers from three Swedish hospitals. The analysis was inductive, and made use of two deductive perspectives. Findings, Four leadership styles were identified: the formation of hierarchical authority; the formation of hierarchical adjustment; the formation of a career approach; and the formation of a devotional approach. Conclusion, Nurse managers who had a clear leadership style related mainly to a transformational or transactional leadership model, experienced fewer management problems than nurse managers with a composite leadership style. There was a connection between nurse managers' attitudes to the existing organizational culture and the leadership model adopted, the strategy towards the top level and their management idea. [source]

The influence of culture on ethical perception held by business students in a New Zealand university

Margaret Brunton
The demand for principled and transparent corporate moral judgement and ethical decision making in the workplace makes it necessary for business students as future managers to understand the expectations of ethical workplace conduct. Corporate scandals mean that there is enhanced interest in ensuring that ethical content is included in curricula in universities. In this study, we re-visit the question of whether culture has an influence on ethical perceptions of workplace scenarios, using students enrolled in a College of Business in a New Zealand (NZ) university as respondents. Consistent with current research, this study demonstrated mixed results. However, we also found evidence to suggest some identifiable patterns in the data across cultural groups. Overall, Chinese and Other respondents were more likely than NZ European to consider the scenarios as ethical. On the other hand, Chinese respondents were significantly less likely to report that their peers would carry out ethically questionable actions. [source]